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Chocolate Celebration Cake
Chocolate Celebration Cake
This chocolate cake recipe is a true chocolate lover's dream.  It is a very flavorful moist dark
chocolate cake to make for any type of celebration: Birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, Mother's
Day, Valentine's Day, or family reunions. Add a special sentiment on top and bring a smile to
someone's face.  This recipe can be baked as a two-layer cake or a single layer sheet cake. You
don't taste the coffee in the cake but it helps to intensify the flavor of the chocolate.  We're also
providing you with a recipe for Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing.  If you would like to pipe the icing
with a pastry bag, you may need to add more confectioners' sugar to make it stiff.  We recommend
sifting the cocoa powder and confectioners' sugar to eliminate lumps in the cake and icing; a mesh
strainer works well  for this job. 
Chocolate Celebration Cake
(Makes two 9-inch round cakes or one 9 x 13-inch rectangular cake)

Ingredients:

1-3/4 cups flour
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup brewed coffee
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter twp 9-inch round cake pans or one 9 x 13-inch baking pan.

In a bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder,
and salt.  In another bowl, combine the eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla.
With an electric mixer, combine the wet ingredients.  Add the flour mixture to
the wet ingredients; beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. The batter will be
thin.  Pour the batter into the prepared baking pans.  Bake for 30 to 40 minutes
or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool the cake(s) in the
pans for 10 minutes.  Remove the cakes from the pans and cool completely on
wire racks.  Fill and frost as desired.


Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 to 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions:

With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth and
creamy.
Beat in confectioners' sugar, one cup at a time until desired consistency.
Beat in cocoa powder until smooth.
Chocolate Celebration Cake
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In the past, buttermilk referred to the liquid
that was left behind after churning butter. 
What we find in supermarkets today is
actually nonfat or low-fat milk to which
cultures have been added, rendering it
thick and tangy. Buttermilk's tenderizing
qualities produce perfect baked goods,  It
is also a natural emulsifier and thickener, it
creates a creamy texture in soups,
smoothies, and salad dressings. 

You can keep buttermilk up to 2 weeks in
the refrigerator or freeze it up to 3 months. 
If you don't use a lot of buttermilk, freeze it
in small portions for later use.  Use thawed
buttermilk for baking purposes.
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